Rolling with the New Mazda CX-5

Driving and riding cars are one of my passions. These fast pieces of rolling metal give you a sense of thrill, a sense of excitement and life. Coincidentally, Mazda selected me, together with a handful of others, to testdrive the new Mazda CX-5. It wasn't also just any ordinary test drive; the Japanese car giant let us roam freely while competing for efficiency.

We paid an early visit to the Mazda dealership in Pasig to get briefed about the new Mazda 6 and Mazda CX-5's new fuel-saving technologies and drove off around different parts of the metro, coupled with pitstops and gasoline refills, then proceeded to the Holiday Inn at the Clark Freeport Zone, Pampanga - the grand stop. Then again, I think I enjoyed the drive more than the hotel. And that's saying something.

My teammates during the 2-day trip was Joey Abiog, Mark Lim, and our marshall (who unfortunately I forgot the name of). Sadly, Mark was a non-driver, so only Joey and I (well, mostly Joey) enjoyed driving the CX-5. That aside, I'm not a natural automatic transmission driver, plus considering we're in a friendly competition, Joey was the perfect candidate for the lead driver.

Handling the Mazda CX-5 was a complete joy, since it incorporates the latest in vehicle technologies and comfort onto one vehicle. Being a passenger in one was also a great experience; the vehicle's interior was spacious enough to be able to stretch your legs a little and move around on your seats. There's also some fantastic features on the car itself, such as a Bluetooth-connected smartphone music player, a rear templated camera for parking in reverse, a simulated manual transmission on the gear stick itself, and a quick-capacitor charging technology which efficiently powers up the electronics of your car ultimately saving gas.

And after all were said and done, Team Subic (as we prefer to identify ourselves, since we missed an exit during the Clark Freeport Zone 80 mph leg of the competition and were already heading halfway to Subic) won by a respectable margin against established car clubbers who knew their stuff. Unfortunately for them, luck, and Joey's "family man" driving skills were on our side. And for winning the competition on our category, we took home a Shell racer's jacket. It's not just any jacket though; it's a winner's jacket.

Thanks to Mazda Philippines, Shell Philippines, and Nuffnang Philippines for making this happen. Looking forward to the next adventure.

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